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Indonesia: Churches face closure

September 2019

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Two new churches in Java are facing the threat of closure in a rising tide of persecution in Indonesia.

The Family of God Church in West Jakarta received its official permit earlier this year, but has yet to meet because of local protests.

Pastor Timotheus said the church has received threats from Islamic Defenders Front – the same extremist group that drove them out of their last building in the city.

Meanwhile, in Central Java, a Pentecostal church in Yogyakarta city has faced calls to close just three months after it opened.

Pastor Tigor, leader of the new Indonesia Pentecostal Church in Yogyakarta, has experienced similar opposition in the past.

He opened a house church in his home in 2003, but faced local protests and vandalism.